It used to be that creating an account with Google’s Gmail service required an @gmail address, but not anymore. Today, the Internet giant announced that users can now use Gmail without an @gmail address in the web interface and the Android app, with support for iOS coming soon.
“If you use Yahoo! Mail, Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail, you now have the option to Gmailify your inbox,” notes Google, with more email providers to be added in the future.
For the time being, this new feature is supported in the Gmail app for Android and on the web though Google is expected to refresh its iOS app with the Gmailify feature.
To link your Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, or Outlook.com email address to your existing Gmail address, tap the menu button on the Gmail app, select Settings, tap the non-Gmail account you’d like to link and then choose Link account.
After linking your account, you’ll see those emails under the linked Gmail address both in the mobile Gmail app and on the web at mail.google.com. As mentioned, you can also create a brand-new Gmail address and link to this new address.
The same features available to users with an @gmail address are available to those who sign up with Gmail without an @gmail address, including spam protection, inbox organization and Google Now cards—without leaving your current address behind.